Politics + Government

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

As mining law hits sesquicentennial, many Democrats demand reform. Cortez Masto isn’t one of them.

BY: and - May 11, 2022

It’s got a new name. But the effort to overhaul the nation’s 150 year-old law that governs mining of hardrock and other minerals on federal lands still faces old obstacles, not least the senior senator from Nevada. Mining reform was last seen being crushed in the now defunct Build Back Better legislation.  “The senator from […]

Election reform initiative creeps toward ballot qualification, opponents become vocal

BY: - May 10, 2022

The election reform group attempting to bring open primaries and ranked-choice voting to Nevada says it will be ready to submit the signatures required to qualify their proposal for this year’s general election ballot at least 10 days before the June 29 deadline. And their opponents are beginning to publicize their disapproval. On Monday, the […]

In an odd early morning debate, Brown says Laxalt’s efforts to save Trump were too late

BY: - May 9, 2022

Sam Brown said Adam Laxalt didn’t do enough to save Donald Trump in 2020. Laxalt, meanwhile, wouldn’t say if elected to the Senate he would vote to retain Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell as Republican Senate leader. And both Republican candidates for U.S. Senate refused to say how they would vote on federal legislation to outlaw […]

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McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

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Hey Republicans: If you really love moms and babies like you claim, here’s what you’ll do

BY: - May 9, 2022

Since a Supreme Court draft overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico, I’ve heard Republican politicians claim that they “love women and babies” and will support women who, post-Roe, cannot get abortions. This claim puzzles me. Outlawing abortions seems not supportive at all but in fact the cruelest way to lower abortion numbers in the U.S., not to mention […]

Attorney leads in fundraising, endorsements in CD3 Republican primary

BY: - May 9, 2022

A Democrat has won the third congressional district, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Susie Lee, for three consecutive terms since 2016, even though Donald Trump carried the district that year. Republicans running to unseat Lee this year think a combination of inflation and President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings will open a path […]

Upcoming vote on abortion rights will fall short in Senate, but will show ‘where everyone stands’

BY: - May 7, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer this upcoming week will force a vote on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday. The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the […]

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The wholly unsurprising fate of Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 5, 2022

Being a woman in this country often feels like an exercise in futility. It’s repeatedly baring your soul and sharing your personal and intimate stories in hopes of proving that you deserve basic rights, only to be slapped in the face with decisions that explicitly negate your own experience. It is exhausting. I am rarely rendered speechless, […]

AG Ford warns against ‘sense of complacency’ on abortion protections

BY: - May 4, 2022

Nevada voter-approved statutes might enshrine pregnant people’s access to abortion, but Attorney General Aaron Ford warned that federal action and future state legislatures could undermine protections. Ford held a press conference Tuesday following the leaking of a draft opinion showing the Supreme Court of the United States is gearing up to overrule the landmark 1973 […]

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Businesses balk at SNHD’s proposed fee hike 

BY: - May 3, 2022

The Southern Nevada Health District has not increased fees for environmental health inspections and other services since 2009, leaving the agency unable to keep up with demand, including mandated annual inspections of restaurants. Without a proposed 27% increase in environmental health fees, SNHD will come up close to $3 million short in the next two […]

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‘Abortion will remain a right in Nevada’

BY: - May 3, 2022

As the Nevada statute reads, a woman’s right to get an abortion in Nevada “was submitted to and approved by referendum at the 1990 general election and therefore is not subject to legislative amendment or repeal.” So if Nevada had a governor and a majority of state legislators who wanted to repeal that right – […]